Chapter 10

Widening Participation in Australia

Lessons on Equity, Standards, and Institutional Leadership

Jade McKay1 and Marcia Devlin2,    1Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University, Australia,    2Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Quality), Federation University, Australia

Widening participation movements inevitably give rise to discussions of the false dichotomy between equity and standards. The assumption is that by allowing differently prepared students into university and thereby improving equity, standards are somehow compromised. A recent national Australian study examined effective teaching and support of university students from low socio-economic status (LSES) backgrounds from the conceptual framework of bridging ...

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